Chassis Components, Fire Department, Pumpers

Special Delivery: E-One Fills Davie Wish List With Two Pumpers, Aerial

Issue 1 and Volume 16.

The town of Davie (Fla.) Fire Rescue Department extended its relationship with E-ONE, purchasing three of the company's apparatus, a HP 100 quint aerial platform with a Cyclone II cab and chassis and two pumpers built on Typhoon cabs and chassis.
The town of Davie (Fla.) Fire Rescue Department extended its relationship with E-ONE, purchasing three of the company’s apparatus, a HP 100 quint aerial platform with a Cyclone II cab and chassis and two pumpers built on Typhoon cabs and chassis.

Speedlays that are easier to reach, more compartment space, better access to the midship pump and expanded room in the cab were among the items on the Davie (Fla.) Fire Rescue Department’s wish list.

The department got what it wanted when it took delivery of two identical E-ONE 2010 pumpers and an E-ONE 100-foot quint aerial platform.

“All our pumpers have a 210-inch wheelbase and top-mounted pump panels except for our quint,” said Carl George, administrative captain in charge of the department’s fleet. “We have an E-ONE fleet with Hurricane cabs. But they don’t make that style any more, so we had to make a change to a design with the engine in the forward compartment.”

The two new pumpers feature the Typhoon cab with the vehicle’s engine set between the driver and officer, which means there’s more room in the back compartment for firefighters and their gear.

Kirk Waddey, E-ONE’s sales applications engineering manager, said that the Typhoon cab can seat up to six firefighters, but that Davie decided to house only five.

“They wanted to get increased shoulder space for the firefighters in the rear cab,” Waddey said. “We gave them seating capability for three firefighters across the back of the cab, all facing forward.”

With the added space, E-ONE installed medical cabinets over each of the cab’s wheel wells. The cabinets are accessible from inside or outside the rig, and feature hinged doors, instead of traditional roll-up doors, to allow firefighters to place large items inside. Waddey pointed out that roll-up doors decrease storage space to accommodate the roll-up drum mechanism.

The increased compartmentation that the town desired was accomplished in two ways.

First, E-ONE used an enhanced extended rescue pumper body design that stretched the two rear compartments over the tailboard to get an additional 14 inches without increasing the overall length of the body.

“Those extensions also form a landing platform area on both sides of the hose bed, which makes it easier to access hose bed covers, to load hose and to retrieve equipment from the top of the truck,” Waddey said.

A two-arm hydraulic ladder rack opened up the compartment above the wheel well for storage, increasing space by even more, he said. In a single-arm hydraulic ladder rack, the hydraulic mechanism would take up that compartment.

Additionally, “the two-arm rack can take up to 700 pounds of equipment,” he said, “versus 300 pounds for a single-arm rack.”

With the added compartment space, the two new pumpers will be able to carry underwater equipment for the department’s dive team.

Glenn Samson, Davie’s training chief, said the town has had dive teams for 20 years. The two new pumpers will go to stations on the east and west side of the district where divers are located.

“We have 27 divers in our department, which is nine per shift,” Samson said. “We have a lot of canals throughout the city, so our west station has a minimum of three divers on duty, because it’s more centrally located, while our east station has one or two divers working.”

Samson said the department also has a State of Florida Level Four Tactical Rescue Team that handles high angle rescue, trench rescue, confined space and structural collapse calls. That equipment also will be carried on the pumpers so the team will be prepared for deployment throughout the state.

E-ONE solved the speedlay issue on the pumpers by putting three side-by-side behind the cab and in front of the pump housing, instead of stacking them three high. While E-ONE offers pull-out trays for speed lays, Davie did not choose that option.

Waddey noted that the lower height of the speedlays and their side-by-side orientation make it much easier to reload hose after use.

To provide pump access, E-ONE installed a vertically-hinged pump access door that allows the officer’s side pump panel to swing open for maintenance and repair.

“You can get to anywhere inside the pump house through that door,” Waddey said.

Each pumper carries a Hale QFLO 1,250-gpm pump and a 780-gallon polyethylene tank.

Capt. George noted that the department had to give up a time-tested layout in order to keep the length of the pumpers at 210 inches.

“All our other pumpers have top-mounted pump panels,” he said, “but because of the change to the Typhoon cab, we had to go with a side-mounted panel.”

He noted that other manufacturers offer a 250-inch wheelbase pumper in a top-mount configuration, and E-ONE would have needed a 222-inch wheelbase to accommodate a top-mount pump panel.

“We gave up a little,” he said, “but we got the wheelbase we wanted.”

The E-ONE quint, which carries a 2,000-gpm Hale QMAX pump and a 300-gallon polyethylene tank, has a side pump panel and the same lowered preconnects as the pumpers.

Ron Wilson, southeast Florida sales manager for Hall-Mark Fire Apparatus, which sold the three rigs to the town, noted that Davie has a robust vehicle replacement program.

“The town covers the largest area in Broward County, right in the center of the county, and is very active,” he said.

Samson said the department strives to maintain similar configurations on its apparatus.

“We tried to keep things close to what we have in service to make it easier for firefighters in the field,” he said, “but we also wanted to take advantage of the special accommodations that E-ONE was able to do for us. They did a fantastic job; they’re excellent pieces of equipment.”


Town of Davie Fire Rescue Department, Davie, Fla.

Strength: 140 employees, 120 paid paramedic firefighters; five stations; providing fire suppression, rescue, tactical rescue and EMS responses.

Service area: Nearly 36 square miles with a population of approximately 93,000 with a mix of commercial, manufacturing and residential areas.

Other apparatus: Two E-ONE pumpers with 1,250-gpm pumps and 750-gallon tanks; two E-ONE pumpers with 1,500-gpm pumps and 1,200-gallon tanks; E-ONE 75-foot quint with 1,500-gpm pump and 500-gallon tank; seven rescue ambulances.


Three E-ONE Apparatus

Two Identical 2010 E-ONE Pumpers

  • Typhoon chassis and cabs seating 5
  • EMS compartments in the cab with inside and outside access
  • Cummins ISL 425-hp diesel engines
  • Allison EVS 3000 transmissions
  • 1,250-gpm Hale QFLO pumps
  • 780-gallon polyethylene water tanks
  • 20-gallon foam tanks
  • Trident pump primers
  • Extra large hose beds holding 1,000 feet of 5-inch; 400 feet of 3-inch; and two 150-foot sections of 1-3/4-inch hose
  • Crosslays holding 100 feet of 1-3/4-inch hose, 200 feet of 1-3/4-inch hose and a 2-1/2-inch blitz line.
  • Task Force Tips Extend-A-Gun deck guns and Crossfire 1,000-gpm monitors
  • 8,000-watt SmartPower hydraulic generators
  • Four Federal Signal brow lights, two in front and one each side
  • MagnaFire 750-watt quartz lights
  • Hard tonneau covers on hose beds

E-ONE 2010 HP100 Quint Aerial Platform

  • Cyclone II cab and chassis seating 6
  • Cummins ISM 500-hp diesel engine
  • Allison EVS 4000 transmission
  • Hale 2,000-gpm QMAX pump
  • 300-gallon polyethylene water tank
  • Task Force Tips Monsoon 1,250-gpm monitor and nozzle
  • Trident pump primer
  • Side stacker hose bed holding 600 feet of 5-inch hose and 500 feet of 3-inch hose
  • Full complement of ground ladders
  • 10,000-watt SmartPower hydraulic generator
  • Four Federal Signal brow lights, two in front and one each side
  • MagnaFire 750-watt quartz lights
  • Hard tonneau cover on hose bed
  • Federal Signal Q2B mechanical siren on front bumper
  • Federal Signal PA3000 electronic siren

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